1977 “The Car”/ 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III Barris Kustoms

It was designed specially for the 1977 movie “The Car” starring James Brolin. Made from a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III. George Barris gets credit for this mashup of sheet steel and the chopped-up carcass of this coupe. According to Barris’s website, he designed the beast and four were built for the production.

1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III Barris Kustoms, The Car 1977

Fenders were 20 gauge steel shaped over a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III original body. The grill was hand made from square steel tubing. Four bumpers made from heavy 18 gauge steel. Seven inch single headlights sunk behind the grill and fender. The body was raised to upper doorline.

1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III Barris Kustoms, The Car 1977

Top the car was chopped 4 inches with all black transparent windows. Full body roll bars installed over and around stunt driver. A steel tube canon was installed on passenger side which had a telephone pole inside and steel cap which housed dynamite and black powder. When the stunt man rolled the car he would trigger the tube telephone pole by igniting the dynamite which drove the pole into the ground and roll the car 5 times.

The car was finished with 20 coats of black pearl lacquer.

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